Fire out on board oil platform in North Sea

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A dangerous fire on board an oil platform in the North Sea is out and none of the 159 workers on board was hurt.

The rig is operated by a Swedish company and is some 120 miles northwest of Britain's Shetland Islands. Rescue helicopters from the British Royal Air Force and Norway battled strong winds to evacuate scores of workers to safety before fire crews on the platform were able to put the fire out.

A spokesman for the RAF says the North Sea platform is "just about as remote as it gets." He says it's just barely inside the search-and-rescue area covered by the British helicopters.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, but a British Health and Safety official says the platform had been inspected earlier this month, with no serious problems uncovered.

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